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by DUO Stephanie & Saar

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Piano four hands ensemble DUO Stephanie & Saar (Stephanie Ho and Saar Ahuvia) continue their series of recordings that challenge listeners to hear iconic works in new guises. Catalyzed by Beethoven's own arrangement of the famous Grosse Fuge op. 133, the duo presents Hugo Ulrich and Robert Wittman's stately transcription of the op. 130 string quartet to which the iconic fugue originally belonged, alongside Schubert's brooding F minor Fantasie, D. 940.


released October 16, 2020

Recorded at Oktaven Audio Mt. Vernon NY on September 14, October 12 & 19, 2019
Engineer: Ryan Streber
Produced by DUO Stephanie & Saar, Daniel Lippel and Ryan Streber
Edited by Zach Herchen
Mixed and mastered by Ryan Streber
Photography by Saar Ahuvia and Masataka Suemitsu
Cover design by Masataka Suemitsu
Special thanks to Bruce Hodgin
Dedicated to the victims of the Coronavirus pandemic
In memoriam Leon Fleisher, who started us on this journey




New Focus Recordings New York, New York

New Focus Recordings is an artist led collective label featuring releases in contemporary music of many stripes, as well as new approaches to older repertoire. The label was founded by guitarist Daniel Lippel (who is the current director), composer engineer Ryan Streber, and composer Peter Gilbert in 2003-4, and features releases from many of new music's most active performers and composers. ... more

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